Passenger satisfaction with rail punctuality and reliability has fallen over the past decade, figures show.

The proportion of people satisfied with those areas of train performance dropped from 79 per cent in spring 2008 to 73 per cent in spring 2018, according to analysis of Transport Focus survey results by consumer group Which?.

The decline was even sharper for commuters, falling from 72 per cent to 62 per cent.

Thousands of rail commuters use Swindon train station every day.

Trust in the rail industry is approaching its lowest point in the last six years, the Which? consumer insight tracker shows.

Only 23 per cent of people said they trusted rail firms last month, down six percentage points from July 2017.

This makes rail the least trusted out of 13 consumer industries apart from car dealers, which scored eight per cent.

Next year’s increase in regulated fares will be announced tomorrow.

Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: “Passengers expect increased satisfaction to come with the hike in their ticket prices, not a decade of disappointment and unprecedented disruption like many have faced this year.”

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “We know there is still more to be done.

“That is why we are investing in the biggest rail modernisation programme since Victorian times, bringing about more space, and faster, more frequent services for passengers.”